Follow Directions Activity: Delicious Dirt Cups

As a kindergarten teacher, I always try to create a learning environment that is engaging, interactive, and inspiring for my kindergarten students.

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With all the new mandates and standards it is difficult to find time to allow my students to learn through play. However, I always try to design my lessons with one thing in mind: What we learn becomes a part of who we are. This dirt cup sequencing and following directions activity is a great activity to start the school year! I always use The Baker’s Party Shop for all my baking essentials! Let’s grab our supplies and get started!

What You’ll Need:
Party Pastel Rainbow Ice Cream Cups: Stripe
Party Pastel Rainbow Nonpareil Sprinkles
– Oreos
– Instant Chocolate Pudding
– Gummy Worms
– Milk
– Melting Chocolate
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
FREE Printable: Dirt Cup Sequencing Cards

The ability to follow directions, especially oral, multi-step ones, is an important kindergarten skill. It can also be a difficult skill for kids to master and often requires a lot of practice. I always start the year off with explaining the importance of following directions. This activity is a great way to show the importance of following directions! However, before I start my activity I always read a story!

1. Diary of a Worm

One of my favorite stories to read with this activity is Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. This is a great way to get students excited about creating dirt cups! 

2. Modeling

Before I allow my students to create their dirt cups, I always model what is expected of them. However, I always throw in a twist. I use the sequencing cards to have the students explain what to do for each direction. For instance, when I showcase the sequencing card that demonstrates pouring part of pudding mixture into the cup, many of my students will say “Pour the pudding.” So what do I do? I pour the pudding onto the floor. Yes, that’s right. This teaches my students the importance of providing detailed directions such as, “Pour the pudding mixture into the cup.”

3. Independent Practice

After modeling what I expect from the students, I send them back to their seats. At each table I have all the supplies needed to create their dirt cups and the free printable sequencing cards to assist them while they create their delicious dirt cups. I absolutely love the worm dirt snack clip art set from Jen Hart DESIGN. The sequencing cards allow the students to work together to put each card in order as they assemble their dirt cups. 

4. Delicious Dirt Cups! Enjoy!

Their favorite part of the activity is eating their delicious dirt cups! This activity is a great way to focus on sequencing while explaining the importance of following directions and working together.

Be sure to check out all of the amazing products that The Baker’s Party Shop has to offer and remember, everything is better with sprinkles!

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24 Comment

  1. Reply
    Over the Top Mommy Wendy
    August 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    These turned out adorable! I love how you integrated this with the book! Kids always seem more motivated with food!

  2. Reply
    Sandra Sandoval
    August 27, 2016 at 6:34 am

    I usually do an insect unit in the Spring, and this will go well with the book!

  3. Reply
    Becky
    August 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

    So fun! I'm saving this one for spring! Thanks!

  4. Reply
    Becky
    August 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

    So fun! I'm saving this one for spring! Thanks!

  5. Reply
    Kristina
    August 27, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Love this idea!

  6. Reply
    Sarah Clark Shaffer
    August 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    This looks fun! I can't wait to try this in the spring with my kiddos!

  7. Reply
    Holly
    August 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Perfect for food Friday. Thanks

  8. Reply
    Shelley Christian
    August 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for another idea about how to incorporate food (fun) into our lessons.

  9. Reply
    Lynn Dunn
    August 27, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    These look amazing! I know my students would love them!

  10. Reply
    Lynn Dunn
    August 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    These look amazing! I know my students would love them!

  11. Reply
    Kteacher
    August 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Love seeing all of your projects and ideas!!!!

  12. Reply
    Kteacher
    August 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Love seeing all of your projects and ideas!!!!

  13. Reply
    Kindergarten is Grrreat!
    August 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Yum!!!

  14. Reply
    Love 2 Teach
    August 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    My students will love this, thanks!

  15. Reply
    Kristi Moses
    August 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I love the dirt cups. So cute!

  16. Reply
    Mrs. Reinartz
    August 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    What a fun way to teach something so important!

  17. Reply
    Mrs. Reinartz
    August 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    What a fun way to teach something so important!

  18. Reply
    Amber Rodgers
    August 27, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I would love to try this with my kiddos!

  19. Reply
    Becca Edwards
    August 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Reply
    Pam whitaker
    August 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Awesome!!

  21. Reply
    David Lakin
    August 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Fun idea!

  22. Reply
    Eileen Marie O'Rourke
    August 28, 2016 at 4:40 am

    I think I am going to do this for my son's birthday! This is so cute and easy too. Thanks!

  23. Reply
    Jennifer Gibbons
    August 29, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I love this idea!! I just pinned an idea today for dirt cups on the day we go to the pumpkin patch at the end of the month. SO fun!

  24. Reply
    Julia
    August 29, 2016 at 1:21 am

    This is such a great idea!!!

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